Planning for College

For those of you who are thinking that college may lie somewhere in the future for your kids, this article from Gifted Challenges provides some great advice. Some of it is not quite so relevant to us as homeschoolers, but then much of it still is or could be if we choose to integrate it…

Grappling with Maths

Last night Connor asked for some help with work he was doing on the mathematical proofs for triangle similarity. Strangely, I have never, not once, had to use this knowledge myself since forgetting it immediately after the required subject test for it some thirty-odd years ago. When Connor asked me, I couldn’t think of a…

Taking on too much

One of the issues that both Connor and I face with this whole homeschooling, unschooling, self-directed learning thing is that there are so many really fantastic things that he wants to do, within only a finite amount of time. My wife and I have been amazed at how much more work Connor gets through in…

Room to learn

Another lesson learned.  Homeschooling requires more room, so that everyone does not get cabin-fever. We currently live right in the center of Taipei City – right on Da’an Park, which was modeled off Central Park in New York.  A lovely place to live in Taipei.  However, although we live in a three-bedroom apartment considered large…

On not being overwhelmed

Over the last two weeks I have started to worry that we are not doing something right; that somehow we have got this whole unschooling/homeschooling thing wrong. So many of the homeschooling blogs that I read frequently talk about feeling overwhelmed by it all, by the necessity of teaching their kids everything and how it…